• JJL06 BALTIMORE (ESTADOS UNIDOS), 16/08/2017.- Un trabajador limpia un grafiti de la base del Monumento de Robert E. Lee y Stonewall Jackson, una de las estatuas que conmemoraba la Època de la ConfederaciÛn despuÈs de que unos trabajadores quitaran la estatua durante la noche en el parque Wyman, en Maryland, Estados Unidos, hoy, 16 de agosto de 2017. Seg˙n la alcaldesa de Baltimore, Catherine Pugh, se quitaron otras tres estatutas de la ciudad con motivo de la violencia ocurrida en Charlottesville, en Virginia. EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
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    JJL06 BALTIMORE (ESTADOS UNIDOS), 16/08/2017.- Un trabajador limpia un grafiti de la base del Monumento de Robert E. Lee y Stonewall Jackson, una de las estatuas que conmemoraba la Època de la ConfederaciÛn despuÈs de que unos trabajadores quitaran la estatua durante la noche en el parque Wyman, en Maryland, Estados Unidos, hoy, 16 de agosto de 2017. Seg˙n la alcaldesa de Baltimore, Catherine Pugh, se quitaron otras tres estatutas de la ciudad con motivo de la violencia ocurrida en Charlottesville, en Virginia. EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo

  • Workers remove the monuments to Robert E. Lee, commander of the pro-slavery Confederate army in the American Civil War, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a Confederate general, from Wyman Park in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. August 16, 2017.  Courtesy of Alec MacGillis/ProPublica via REUTERS . MANDATORY CREDIT. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES.
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    Workers remove the monuments to Robert E. Lee, commander of the pro-slavery Confederate army in the American Civil War, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a Confederate general, from Wyman Park in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. August 16, 2017. Courtesy of Alec MacGillis/ProPublica via REUTERS . MANDATORY CREDIT. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES.

  • Workers remove two plaques honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the property of St. John's Episcopal Church, Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017, in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York. The removal comes in the wake of last weekend's deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists protested plans to remove a Lee statue from a public park. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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    Workers remove two plaques honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the property of St. John's Episcopal Church, Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017, in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York. The removal comes in the wake of last weekend's deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists protested plans to remove a Lee statue from a public park. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 16: People gather at the site where a statue dedicated to Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson stood August 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The City of Baltimore removed four statues celebrating confederate heroes from city parks overnight, following the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.   Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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    BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 16: People gather at the site where a statue dedicated to Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson stood August 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The City of Baltimore removed four statues celebrating confederate heroes from city parks overnight, following the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

  • JJL04 BALTIMORE (ESTADOS UNIDOS), 16/08/2017.- Un trabajador limpia un grafiti de la base del Monumento de Robert E. Lee y Stonewall Jackson, una de las estatuas que conmemoraba la Època de la ConfederaciÛn despuÈs de que unos trabajadores quitaran la estatua durante la noche en el parque Wyman, en Maryland, Estados Unidos, hoy, 16 de agosto de 2017. Seg˙n la alcaldesa de Baltimore, Catherine Pugh, se quitaron otras tres estatutas de la ciudad con motivo de la violencia ocurrida en Charlottesville, en Virginia. EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
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    JJL04 BALTIMORE (ESTADOS UNIDOS), 16/08/2017.- Un trabajador limpia un grafiti de la base del Monumento de Robert E. Lee y Stonewall Jackson, una de las estatuas que conmemoraba la Època de la ConfederaciÛn despuÈs de que unos trabajadores quitaran la estatua durante la noche en el parque Wyman, en Maryland, Estados Unidos, hoy, 16 de agosto de 2017. Seg˙n la alcaldesa de Baltimore, Catherine Pugh, se quitaron otras tres estatutas de la ciudad con motivo de la violencia ocurrida en Charlottesville, en Virginia. EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo

  • ANNAPOLIS, MD - AUGUST 16: Two women take pictures in front of the statue of US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney that sits in front of the Maryland State House, on August 16, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has called for the removal of the statue. Taney was the author of the Dred Scott decision.   Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP
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    ANNAPOLIS, MD - AUGUST 16: Two women take pictures in front of the statue of US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney that sits in front of the Maryland State House, on August 16, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has called for the removal of the statue. Taney was the author of the Dred Scott decision. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

  • A plaque, one of two honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, lies on the ground after workers removed it from the property of St. John's Episcopal Church, Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017, in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York. The removal comes in the wake of last weekend's deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists protested plans to remove a Lee statue from a public park. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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    A plaque, one of two honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, lies on the ground after workers removed it from the property of St. John's Episcopal Church, Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017, in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York. The removal comes in the wake of last weekend's deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists protested plans to remove a Lee statue from a public park. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 16: Baltimore city workers remove graffiti from the pedestal where a statue dedicated to Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson stood August 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The City of Baltimore removed four statues celebrating confederate heroes from city parks overnight, following the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.   Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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    BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 16: Baltimore city workers remove graffiti from the pedestal where a statue dedicated to Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson stood August 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The City of Baltimore removed four statues celebrating confederate heroes from city parks overnight, following the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

  • Workers remove the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson monument in Wyman Park early Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Baltimore. Local news outlets reported that workers hauled several monuments away, days after a white nationalist rally in Virginia turned deadly. (Denise Sanders/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
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    Workers remove the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson monument in Wyman Park early Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Baltimore. Local news outlets reported that workers hauled several monuments away, days after a white nationalist rally in Virginia turned deadly. (Denise Sanders/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

  • BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 16: The pedestal that was formerly the base for a statue of Roger B. Taney, former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and majority author of the Dred Scott decision, stands empty after city workers removed the statue August 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The City of Baltimore removed four statues celebrating confederate heroes from city parks overnight, following the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.   Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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    BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 16: The pedestal that was formerly the base for a statue of Roger B. Taney, former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and majority author of the Dred Scott decision, stands empty after city workers removed the statue August 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The City of Baltimore removed four statues celebrating confederate heroes from city parks overnight, following the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

  • FILE - This June 23, 2015, file photo shows a carving depicting confederates Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Ga. Democratic front-runner for governor Stacey Abrams posted several tweets Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, saying the carving at the tourist attraction Stone Mountain Park and other Confederate statues and monuments around the state should be removed. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
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    FILE - This June 23, 2015, file photo shows a carving depicting confederates Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Ga. Democratic front-runner for governor Stacey Abrams posted several tweets Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, saying the carving at the tourist attraction Stone Mountain Park and other Confederate statues and monuments around the state should be removed. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

  • Workers remove a monument dedicated to the Confederate Women of Maryland early Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, after it was taken down in Baltimore. Local news outlets reported that workers hauled several monuments away, days after a white nationalist rally in Virginia turned deadly. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
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    Workers remove a monument dedicated to the Confederate Women of Maryland early Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, after it was taken down in Baltimore. Local news outlets reported that workers hauled several monuments away, days after a white nationalist rally in Virginia turned deadly. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Redacción EC

La ciudad de Baltimore, en el este de Estados Unidos, retiró sus monumentos al bando confederado de la guerra civil (1861-1865), formado por estados secesionistas y favorables a la esclavitud, en medio de un nuevo debate en el país sobre si deben desecharse esos símbolos adorados por la ultraderecha.

Los cuatro monumentos fueron retirados discretamente a lo largo de la madrugada, con el fin de evitar el revuelo que generó el pasado fin de semana en Charlottesville (Virginia) el plan de retirar la estatua de Robert E. Lee, un general confederado considerado un símbolo de la defensa de la esclavitud y el racismo.

"Ya está hecho. Tenían que caer. Lo que me preocupaba era la seguridad de nuestra gente, y por eso hemos actuado lo más rápido posible", dijo la alcaldesa de Baltimore (Maryland), Catherine Pugh, según el diario local The Baltimore Sun.

El Ayuntamiento de la ciudad votó a favor el lunes de retirar las estatuas, dos días después de lo sucedido en Charlottesville, donde decenas de neonazis y supremacistas blancos protestaron por los planes de derribar el monumento y protagonizaron violentos choques, además de un atropello que mató a una mujer e hirió a otras 20 personas.

Las autoridades locales de Baltimore llevaban más de un año debatiendo qué hacer con sus monumentos confederados y la decisión de retirarlos se aceleró a raíz de la violencia en Charlottesville.

Tras revelarse que el Ayuntamiento había decidido retirarlos, algunos activistas de izquierda prometieron derribarlos antes de que las autoridades pudieran actuar, lo que provocó que se programara una discreta acción oficial.

"No quería poner en peligro a la gente de mi propia ciudad", subrayó la alcaldesa de Baltimore.

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, criticó este martes la retirada de estatuas confederadas, y comparó al general Lee con varios de los fundadores y primeros mandatarios del país, dado que éstos también tenían esclavos.

"¿Vamos a retirar las estatuas de George Washington? ¿Y de Thomas Jefferson, qué les parece? Porque él tenía muchos esclavos", dijo Trump en una conferencia de prensa en Nueva York.

El lunes, un grupo de activistas derribaron una estatua confederada en Durham (Carolina del Norte) y las autoridades de algunas ciudades en Florida, Tennessee y Kentucky planean retirar también sus monumentos de ese tipo.

Fuente: EFE

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